Production Management

Time to Hand-In!








Blackboard Collaborate:

Classes will be run in general during the school times using Blackboard Collaborate on the LYIT Blackoard pages. This allows me to talk to each of you easily and is decent for other applications as well.  

Google Hangouts link here:

I will be on this quite a bit when Im on the computer and will be available to help here. If you email me and ask for a time to meet here I can do that most times. I will turn this on when working so you can pop on if you like and ask questions or spy on my work!

Week1- Introduction and Brief 1 and Composition

Brief 1 –

Produce a 1 minute video keeping in mind continuity, colour, lighting, props, location, sound and composition. The video must be shot solely within your lockdown 5km.


Location shooting – 15%
Script and Shooting Script – 15%
Shots, Sound and B-Roll Collection – 15%
Editing and Presentation -15%
FInal Piece – 20%

Total 80%

26th Jan Week 1 – Location shooting.  
   Explore the areas within your lockdown 5km.  
  Look for good locations to shoot video.  
  Take location shots of the areas. Photographs showing composition, lighting and noting times, weather etc. (add notes to photos- google photos, or on device..)  
  Think of 3 narratives around these areas and how a simple short film could be made.  
2nd Feb Week 2 – Story Writing and Shooting Script  
  Write film hnarrative. This may include actors if you have access or may be just a narrative or selfie piece.  
  Using the location shots create a storyboard of the film.  
  Take updated location shots with narrative in mind. Gather sounds of the areas at this point too.  
  Create a shooting script and plan times etc.  
9th Feb Week 3 – Set up and shoot  
  Go out and shoot the video pieces.  
  Make sure and collect multiple angles, B-Roll and ambient sound where you deem neccessary  
16th Feb Week 4 Editing and Compile  
  Make your edit based on the footage you have collected  
   Pay attention to colour correction (LUT) and over all presentation. (16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 9:16?)  
  The sound from the camera probably isn’t the best sound- try freesound etc for ambience for example. Sound track?  
  Titles etc. (Credits for use of other artists stuff, actors, music etc.)  
23rd Feb Compile as H264 in mp4 file format  
  Upload to Vimeo and to OneDrive- On Monday the 22nd  
  Email link to One Drive folder with all work included to Tutor- On Monday the 22nd  
  We will be looking at these during class and feedback will be given by peers and tutors.  

Essential Tools:
Google Photos (or your phone note ability)
Storyboarder  Free Storyboarding Software

Location Shooting Overview:

Notes: Scouting Locations:

  1. Know your script.
    In this case think of your theme when looking for locations
  2. Scout at the right time.
    When is the shot best? Look at timing… food at lunchtime? Activity during a soccer game. Find out when things are happening?
  3. Look at light.
    Where can you reasonably expect the light tobe? Will it be pointing directly at the camera? Check light conditions for your equipment.
  4. Follow the sun.
    Outdoors need light too… or do they? Is the sun pointing at camera at a certain time?
  5. Check for power supplies.
    Will batteries be enough? What equipment wil you be using?
  6. Listen to the Space
    Can you use the sound in place or will it have to be replaced? Is it too noisy/windy etc.? Is there music etc that will suit a shot?
  7. Examine the elements.
    Rain, Sleet, Sun etc but also external factor such as janitors or deliveries etc.
  8. Decide where to set up.
    Where is the best shot with all this in mind? Where is the action space?
  9. Get permission
    Do you need permission to shoot here? Ask people’s permission etc…
  10. Evaluate the area.
    What is happening in the area? Will there be interference? Wifi? Phone etc….
  11. Take notes!
    Take Phots, thoughts and notes on the locations. Lighting needed? Sound set up needed? Transitions and shot ideas.

Resource: Composition Reminders


Week2- The Story, writing and shot script etc

Resources: Links:

Mindmapping Tool:
Image/Web Archiving:
Photo Archiving:
ound Effects:
Vimeo for Video:

Script Writing Overview: ScriptWritingFormat

Shot Script Overview: Shooting-Script


Script Writing Overview and Workshop:



Recommended Books on Script Writing:

Syd Field- The Screenwriter’s Workbook

Syd Field: Screenplay- The Foundations of Screenwriting

James N Frey: How to Write Damn Good Fiction: Advanced Techniques for Dramatic Storytelling

Weirdogs- Cloud Ass: Story Paradigm Example:

This is a basic breakdown of a story paradigm for the character Cloud-ass. I’ve added an image of the character to add to the individuality of the story as it sits amongst 30 other similar short animations. Wierdogs Story Paradigm

 Character Development 

1. Communication style: How does your character talk? Does she favor certain words or phrases that make her distinct and interesting? What about the sound of her voice? Much of our personality comes through our speech, so think about the way your character is going to talk. Her style of communication should be distinctive and unique.

2. History: Where does your character come from? Think out his childhood and adolescence. What events shaped his personality? What did his father do for a living? How about his mother? How many siblings does he have? Was it a loving family or an abusive, dysfunctional one? What events led him to the career choices he made? You may not need to provide all this background to your reader, but it’s good to know as the writer. It helps give him substance in your mind as well.

3. Appearance: What does she look like? This may be the least important ingredient to make your character a person to the reader, but you should still know it in your own mind. Not every character needs to be drop-dead gorgeous, by the way. Most people aren’t.

4. Relationships: What kind of friends and family does he have? How does he relate to them? Is he very social or reclusive, or somewhere in between? People can be defined by the company they keep, so this can be a good way to define your character.

5. Ambition: Just as this is the central letter of the acrostic, so too this concept is absolutely central to your character and plot. What is her passion in life? What goal is she trying to accomplish through your story? What is her unrecognized, internal need and how will she meet it?

6. Character defect: Everyone has some personality trait that irritates his friends or family. Is he too self-centered? Too competitive? Too lazy? Too compliant? Too demanding of others? Don’t go overboard on this. After all, you want your reader to like the character. But he’ll feel more real if he has some flaw. This is usually connected to his unrecognized need (see Ambition) and often gets resolved through his character arch.

7. Thoughts: What kind of internal dialogue does your character have? How does she think through her problems and dilemmas? Is her internal voice the same as her external? If not, does this create internal conflict for her? In real life we don’t have the benefit of knowing someone’s innermost thoughts, but a novel allows us to do just that, so use it to your advantage.

8. Everyman-ness: How relatable is your character? While James Bond is fun to watch on screen, most of us aren’t uber-trained special agent-assassins so it’s a little hard to relate to him on a personal level. On the other hand, Kurt Russell’s character in the movie Breakdown was far more ordinary and relatable, creating a more visceral experience. Be careful not to make your character too elite or he may be too difficult to live vicariously through. And that, after all, is the key to suspense.

9. Restrictions: More than a personality flaw, what physical or mental weakness must your character overcome through her arch? After all, even Superman had Kryptonite. This helps humanize your character, making her more sympathetic and relatable.

The goal is to make your readers feel something for your character. The more they care about them, the more emotion they’ll invest in your story. And maybe that’s the secret.

Protagonist and Antagonist

The protagonist is the main character in the story you write about it. Continue reading… A novel, movie, or play might have many main characters, but it can really only have one protagonist — or maybe two in the case of, say, Romeo and Juliet An antagonist is a group of characters, institution, or concept that stands in or represents opposition against which the protagonist(s) must contend. In other words, an antagonist is a person or a group of people who opposes a protagonist.

Storyboarding and Shared Drive URL form

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Storyboard templates:

Premiere Editing Basics

Tutorial- Adobe Premiere, the basics


Files available for this session can be downloaded here available here.

LUTs presets available here:
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